The Series with
Series Record: Harvard leads 67-2
At Harvard: Harvard has won all 32 meetings
Last Season: Harvard won at Penn, 8-1
Current Streak: Harvard has won 34 straight
Last Penn win: February 10, 1979, 6-3
- Despite the lopsided overall series, Penn has won at least one individual match in each of the last eight meetings
- Four of the last seven matches have been either 5-4 or 6-3
The Series with
Series Record: Penn leads 46-22
At Dartmouth: Penn is 18-11
Current Streak: Dartmouth has won the last two meetings
Last Season: Dartmouth won at Penn, 6-3
Last Penn win: February 22, 2009 at Potter Cup, 5-4
Last Penn win at Dartmouth: February 10, 2008, 7-2
- Penn had won 10 straight matches over Dartmouth before dropping the last two
- There has only been one 9-0 sweep at Dartmouth since 1992
PHILADELPHIA - Coming out of the winter break with a winning record, men's squash (3-1, 0-1 Ivy) will be on the road for the first Ivy League weekend of the season. Awaiting the Quakers will be No. 5 Harvard and No. 7 Dartmouth. The weekend will provide Penn two chances against top-eight teams as the No. 9 Quakers look to move up in the rankings and qualify for the Potter Cup at the end of the year. The match with Harvard will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the match with Dartmouth will be at noon on Sunday. Both contests will be played at the same time as the women's matches.
Leading the way for Penn so far this season has been senior captain Thomas Mattsson. Playing in his fourth season at No. 1, Mattsson is off to a team-best 3-1 start with his only loss coming to the reigning national champion. He has allowed just two games in his three victories and was named the CSA Harrow Sports Player of the Week after his wins against Navy and Williams to help seal the team victories in both.
Fellow captain Trevor McGuinness (No. 2) is one of seven players that have two victories in the early going. After starting 2-1, McGuinness is looking to bounce back from a tough five-game loss against Williams. Junior Dan Greenberg (No. 3) is also 2-2. His victory at Navy clinched the 5-4 team victory.
All four members of the sophomore class also have two wins this season. Justin Ang, Derek Chilvers, and John Dudzik each have a pair of 3-0 victories in their respective 2-2 starts to the season. Daniel Judd is currently 2-1 after missing the first match. He is on a two-match winning streak entering play this weekend.
Four different freshmen have won matches inside of the top-nine this season. Michael Mutscheller is currently 2-1 with a pair of 3-0 sweeps, while Hunter Schlacks has split his first four matches and is coming off a five-game win at No. 10.
Jack Maine missed the first two matches of his freshman season. He has split the first two matches that he has played and picked up his first collegiate win with a 3-1 victory against Williams. Oscar Mattsson picked up his first win of the year at No. 9 against Drexel. As a team, Penn is 3-1 in matches played at No. 1 and No. 4 and 2-2 at the other seven positions.
Harvard (9-0, 1-0 Ivy) is off to a quick start having swept eight of its first nine opponents, including six in a row coming into this weekend. The Crimson took down Williams 9-0 to start the season, which is the only opponent that Penn and Harvard have in common so far. Overall, Harvard is 71-1 in individual matches played inside the top-nine.
Playing near the top of the ladder for Harvard will be returning All-Ivy performer Gary Power. Nick Hopcroft and Nigel Koh have also been playing near the top of the ladder for the veteran squad. Last season, Penn took games eight of the nine matches against Harvard, but only Ang could came away with an individual win in the 8-1 loss.
Dartmouth (3-1, 0-1 Ivy) comes into the weekend with the same record as the Quakers and is looking to keep the inside track to the Potter Cup. The Big Green share one common opponent with Penn as both squads have battled Navy in the early season. Dartmouth came out with an 8-1 victory in that matchup. The Big Green lost 8-1 against Harvard their last time out, but were also the first team to gain an individual match.
Individually, six players - Christopher Hanson, Alex Kurth, Robert Maycock, Brian O'Toole, Nicholas Sisodia, and Stephen Wetherill - all enter the match having won three of their first four matches. In the match against Dartmouth last season, McGuinness, Judd, and Dudzik all picked up victories. The Quakers dropped close five-game matches at two spots, while picking up one game at three others.
After the first Ivy League weekend of the season, the men's team will return home for a non-conference matchup against Franklin & Marshall on January 19. Ivy League play will pick up for the team in the first weekend in February after another non-conference match with Trinity.